05.16.2014
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Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask
2 fl. oz. for $27
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Last Updated:05.16.2014
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Tested on animals:Yes

Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask is an average blend of clays, water and moisture-binding agents plus some emollient ingredients bound to leave skin confused. It doesn’t contain AHA or BHA ingredients, despite the claim of containing “2% hydroxy acids to help remove dead skin cells and detoxify pores”. Perhaps the company is referring to the blend of citrus and sugar-based plant extracts included in miniscule amounts, but these can’t exfoliate skin (and you would need to do some creative math to arrive at a 2% concentration). That aside, the claims of “detoxing” skin aren’t in the least bit accurate— your skin doesn’t store toxins of any kind that require removal. Toxins in the body are broken down and removed by the kidneys and liver.

Although this mask does contain a few fragrant plant extracts, the amounts may not be a problem for most. What you’re left with is a basic clay mask for oily to combination skin, which is expensive for the overall formula and amount you get. Try as we might, we just couldn’t find a reason to recommend this formula over the dozens of Facial Masks for Oily/Combination Skin recommended on this site.

Note: Despite the “paraben free” label, there isn’t anything wrong with parabens as preservatives in cosmetics. They have a substantial, decades-long (and global) safety record for use in both food and cosmetics. For more information on parabens in cosmetics, see our article on the topic.

Pros:
  • Contains absorbent kaolin and bentonite clays.
Cons:
  • Expensive for the amount of product.
  • Lacks anti-irritants or other soothing extracts.
  • Lacks effective BHA or AHA exfoliant ingredients (as claimed).
  • Dexotifying claims are bogus.
  • Contains fragrance.
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Claims

Natural botanical ingredients combined with kaolin and bentonite clays gently remove impurities from pores to reveal smoother, softer looking skin. Includes 2% hydroxy acids to help remove dead skin cells and detoxify pores. Paraben free.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Bentonite, Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil, Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water/Orange Fruit Water, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract/Lemon Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharinum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract/ Matricaria Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil/Rosemary Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cucmis Sativus Fruit Extract/Cucumber Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract/Cucumber Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus Juice/Cucumber Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Extract/Turmeric Root Extract, Sclareolide, Rosa SPP/Rose Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Extract/Jasmine Extract.

Brand Overview

Clarisonic At-A-Glance

Strengths: Cleans skin well; unique technology unlike other cleansing tools; waterproof; easy to use.

Weaknesses: Expensive.

The brush head of the Clarisonic (and all of the various iterations, such as the Mia) vibrates at exceptionally high speeds (300 oscillations, or back-and-forth movements, every second). The design and timing of this the movement is unique to the brand, unlike spinning, oscillating head models. Why does this matter? A spinning brush head, such as those you can find on many brands selling similar tools, has a greater risk of causing irritation to skin. The question is, is the Clarisonic worth its cost? Does the expense mean you'll get significantly cleaner skin? Is Oprah Winfrey on to something by naming this device one of her favorite things? Read our review of the Clarisonic system to find out!

For more information about Clarisonic, call (888) 525-2747 or visit www.clarisonic.com.

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Clarisonic At-A-Glance

Strengths: Cleans skin well; unique technology unlike other cleansing tools; waterproof; easy to use.

Weaknesses: Expensive.

The brush head of the Clarisonic (and all of the various iterations, such as the Mia) vibrates at exceptionally high speeds (300 oscillations, or back-and-forth movements, every second). The design and timing of this the movement is unique to the brand, unlike spinning, oscillating head models. Why does this matter? A spinning brush head, such as those you can find on many brands selling similar tools, has a greater risk of causing irritation to skin. The question is, is the Clarisonic worth its cost? Does the expense mean you'll get significantly cleaner skin? Is Oprah Winfrey on to something by naming this device one of her favorite things? Read our review of the Clarisonic system to find out!

For more information about Clarisonic, call (888) 525-2747 or visit www.clarisonic.com.